Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Greenhouse Stewardship Project--Part 1

A beautiful tomato harvest from the greenhouse
In the IslandWood garden, we have many cycles.  We have our soil-to-snack food cycle, our compost cycle, and even the cycle of our seasons.  But one of our most important cycles, is the Stewardship cycle.

Pulling out the old tomato vines
When an IslandWood SOP Team does a stewardship project, they are actively engaged in the stewardship cycle.  Whether they are planting, weeding, composting or slug hunting, they are helping to care for our garden and ensure that we have a healthy garden-- full of yummy food-- for the next groups of students.

A wheelbarrow full of old tomato vines and proud smiles of a job well done!

Harvesting peppers
We gave Team Lightning, from Madrona Elementary, a big stewardship project.  We've been working to replace our rotting garden boxes inside our greenhouse, and we still had some plants to harvest and soil to move before we could begin work on our new garden boxes.  Team Lightning had tremendous teamwork and their hard work helped us to make huge progress toward our goal.

Plus, they got to harvest some delicious tomatoes, planted by some previous groups of students, while they worked.  They tasted green zebra and stupice tomatoes and sweet peppers--yum!!
Super strong, and happy, students moving out old soil.

Great Teamwork!
Team Lightning had so much fun digging and moving soil that they stayed long past their scheduled time!  Digging in the dirt can be really fun--especially when you are working with friends.  And when they were done, we were much closer to being able to build new garden boxes.  Thank you Team Lightning--great job and a great stewardship project for IslandWood.

Next blog post:  New Garden Boxes!!

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